Joining Cook in Washington are Alphabet Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Chairman John Doerr and the leaders of Microsoft Corp, IBM Corp, Mastercard Inc., Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Oracle Corp, and Adobe Systems Inc., among others.
The group, which included administration officials, then broke to attend an afternoon of working sessions on topics including big data, citizen services, H-1B visas (for highly skilled foreign workers) and cloud computing.
The gathering was the first event for a technology-focused effort within the White House Office of American Innovation, which seeks to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector.
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order in May to establish the American Technology Council (ATC), which will coordinate how the Federal government should modernize its IT systems and how it delivers digital services.
The federal government spends over $80 billion each year on information technology and employs about 113,000 IT professionals, but suffers from outdated and inefficient systems, according to Bloomberg sources. "It's working and it's very exciting", he said.
Some of the Tech CEOs attending the meeting include Tim Cook of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), who outspokenly in criticized Trump's decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris Agreement to fight climate change and travel ban on immigrants. from several major Muslim countries. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk quit two of Trump's advisory councils after the president's Paris climate decision. Kalanick is also on a leave of absence from Uber.
Among the thousands of federal offices Trump is yet to fill are the U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Despite being largely against Trump's positions at the time, there was at least a cautious sense they might be able to work together on issues such as cyber security and job creation.